Ambitious space plansdozens of companies from around the world are carrying global networks working for the development of communications. Among the developers are such well-known and powerful companies as SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon, focused on delivering affordable high-speed Internet to citizens of the Earth. Startup UbiquitiLink from the United States decided to occupy a niche for providing mobile communications to regions where this service is currently unavailable.
UbiquitiLink project implementation will bebe carried out using groups of thousands of small satellites that will provide direct communication with any smartphone, for a short time, turning them into satellite phones.
UbiquitiLink's goal is not to replaceexisting networks, and their additions in areas where mobile communication is not available. Together with the operators of terrestrial networks, UbiquitiLink plans to promote the provision of communication services in sparsely populated or inaccessible places for an additional fee or free of charge.
It is the small geometric dimensions of the satellitesUbiquitiLink companies will help reduce the cost of putting the system into operation. At one time, the company will launch dozens of small-sized satellites with small masses into orbit.
Another circumstance will help the company reduceexpenses. There is no need to develop a terrestrial network to receive signals - millions of smartphones will become receivers. With the help of changes in software systems, each smartphone will begin to perceive a satellite in 500 km orbit as a stationary ground tower. Having received the signal from the smartphone, the satellite will transmit it to other satellites that have access to the towers of the ground network. In this case, the startup does not need to acquire frequencies, they will use the frequencies of mobile operators.
The startup will conduct the first test tests insoon. Dragon spaceship has already delivered to the ISS the first satellite of the future global mobile communications system. Now it will be loaded into the Cygnus automatic cargo ship, which will put it into a higher orbit, and then the developers will conduct test tests of work in 2G and LTE networks.
According to developers, the project of a global space mobile communications network will cost from one to two billion.